Alabama: Medical Marijuana Safe Access Act Filed In Legislature

AlabamaSafeAccessProject(ASAP)LegislativeUpdate

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A bill which would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes has been filed in the Alabama Senate.

The bill, crafted by the Alabama Safe Access Project (ASAP), was filed on Thursday as SB 326 by state Senator Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro), according to ASAP director Ron Crumpton.

The companion bill is set to be filed in the Alabama House on Monday by Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham), according to Crumpton.

"When passed, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Safe Access Act will create a system of safe and regulated access to marijuana for patients who have been diagnosed by a physician as having one of the specific medical conditions outlined in the legislation," Crumpton said.

Medical conditions included in this year’s legislation:

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Anorexia
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)/ Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
Autism
Bipolar disorder
Cachexia
Cancer
Cerebral palsy
Chronic depression
Chronic pain
Dystonia
Fibromyalgia
Gastrointestinal disorders, including, but not limited to, colitis, Crohn's disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Glaucoma
Lupus
Migraine
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Parkinson’s disease
Persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, spasms associated with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS-Lou Gehrig’s disease), multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Rheumatoid arthritis
Seizures, including, but not limited to, seizures associated with epilepsy
Severe nausea
Tourette’s syndrome
Any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that either:
i) Substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336).
(ii) If not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or physical or mental health.

"If you or anyone you know has any of these medical conditions then Alabama Safe Access Project would like to urge you to request a public hearing on the legislation by signing the petition," Crumpton said.

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